While we did have a victory in court this week for Terry Daniele and other WFP endorsed candidates in Monroe County, we do have to warn you about some shenanigans with the line in the town of Mendon. Our Town Justice candidate, Jon Stern, received the Working Family Party endorsement after filling out a lengthy questionnaire and sitting for an interview. He is the candidate that they selected for that line based on his responses. Unfortunately, NYS has a quirk in the law that allows judicial candidates to collect party signatures to get the line even without the endorsement. As a result, the GOP in town beat us to the punch and got the signatures for current Town Justice without the endorsement. Jon was in quarantine for a portion of the signature period and there are only a handful of Working Family Party Members in town. The first signature is the one that counts. We don’t know what was said at the doors and if they were honest about not having the endorsement, but the Town Supervisor’s wife is the one who filed the complaint against our signatures, and we did lose that line.
When you go to vote this November, remember that the person on the WFP line for Town Justice does not represent that party’s views and does not have their endorsement. If you normally vote on the WFP line, please in this instance, move up to the Democratic line. We will remind you many times before November that she doesn’t belong there!
Jeff Klein (Mendon Town Supervisor) Jeff has been married to his wife, Alyssa, for seventeen years. They moved to Mendon in 2009 so their three children could attend school in the HFL district. He spent over two decades in the Navy and Navy Reserves. After more than 21 years of service he retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol where he taught the DARE program, was on the Sheriff’s SCUBA Team, served as a financial crimes investigator, and supervised the Community Services Unit. Jeff has volunteered in the HFL CSD at both Lima Primary and Manor School and served on the Manor School Safety Committee. He was on the Program Budget Advisory Council for the 2020/21 budget year and was elected to the HFL Board of Education in 2019. He is currently president-elect of Honeoye Falls/Mendon Rotary. Jeff has served as a Residential Case Manager for homeless veterans at the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester. He has coached for Honeoye Falls – Lima – Mendon Youth Baseball and co-founded the HFL Grassroots program, which supports local families affected by Covid-19. His projects outside of the Mendon community include being an Advisor for the Hope Is Life Foundation and founding “They Stepped Up to the Plate,” which honors surviving members of Negro League baseball. To date, they have been able to recognize seven former Negro League players and obtain U.S. Congressional Recognition for each one.
Jeff Clark (Mendon Town Board) Jeff Clark has been a resident in Mendon for more than 28 years. He served as Mendon’s Deputy Town Counsel for several years, providing advice to the Zoning and Planning Boards. He is an attorney, with both executive and general counsel positions, at a management services company serving the construction industry. He also holds an Of Counsel position at the local law firm, Bond Schoeneck and King, PLLC. He has been married to his wife, Michele, for 39 years, and they have sent their six children through the HFL school system, the last graduating in 2018. Jeff runs at Mendon Ponds Park, plays guitar at the Cottage Hotel, and buys his morning Muscle Milk at Crosby’s. “I would never live anywhere else,” Jeff says.
Dave Cook (Mendon Town Board) Dave Cook has family roots in Mendon as early as the 1830’s. He and his wife, Kathleen, have lived in Mendon for the past 5 years. They are the parents of four boys and have seven grandchildren. Dave has practiced law in Rochester since 1987. He has received several awards and recognitions from the New York State Bar Association for his representation of indigent individuals and charitable organizations. Dave enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds, especially those in the Upstate’s abundant snow. Dave served as President of the Board of Directors of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. He also served for over 20 years on the Board of Directors of Farmworker Legal Services of New York. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as general counsel of Greater Rochester Community of Churches. Dave has served in leadership roles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in local, national and international positions. From 2013 to 2016, Dave and Kathleen lived in Santiago, Chile where they were responsible for mission work, supervising 50 congregations and over 500 young volunteers. Dave has served on the Mendon Zoning Board of Appeals for 4 years.
Jon Stern (Mendon Town Justice) Jon Stern is currently a partner at Kaman, Berlove, Marafioti, Jacobstein & Goldman, litigating child custody and matrimonial actions. Prior to joining Kaman, Jon was in solo practice for nine years, following employment with the Legal Aid Society of Rochester (Law Guardian Program) as well as the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, Family Court Division. Jon has been a member of the Attorneys for Children Panel since 2001, and was a 2013 recipient of the Michael F. Dillon Attorney for Children Award. Also in 2013, Jon was the inaugural winner of the Award for Excellence in Indigent Adult Representation in Family Court. Jon obtained his B.A. from Skidmore College in 1993 and his J.D. from Emory Law School in 1996. Jon has lived in Honeoye Falls with his wife, Lisa, and his daughters, Ava and Ella, for the past fifteen years. Jon and Lisa are very excited to see Ava and the rest of the HFL senior class on a stage this coming June receiving their hard earned diplomas. Jon can often be seen, and definitely heard, on the sidelines of Ella’s softball games, providing constructive criticism to the umpires. Jon vows to bring independence from politics and twenty-five years of high intensity courtroom experience to the bench with him and is seeking this position to give back to the community which has given him and his family so much.